Curator’s Corner – On this day Oct 31, 1917 Chief Inspector Maximilian F. Schmittberger Dies – during his career, he went from the most hated to the most loved cop! As s key witness during the Lexow corruption investigations in 1894, he was, in the view of his fellow cops, the department’s most detested man. Schmittberger was born July 27, 1851 in Germany and came to the U.S. at age 4. He joined the Force January 8, 1874 and rose thru the ranks, reaching the Captaincy in 1890. On May 2, 1903, Schmittberger was promoted to Inspector and assigned as Commanding Officer of the Traffic Squad. In 1908 was appointed Chief Inspector (today’s Chief of Dept) and held the position until his death on October 31, 1917. During his career, he was awarded the dept’s 2 highest medals at the time, the “Department Medal” and “Honorable Mention” award. He was also responsible for the founding of the Honor Legion. He was one of the very few Chief’s to die while in office, and in contrast to earlier feelings, he was widely respected and mourned. His funeral is pictured here.